GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Monday, September 8, 2014

The IMPORTANCE of TRUE GOD-CENTERED WORSHIP

The IMPORTANCE of TRUE GOD-CENTERED WORSHIP

September 8 Bible Reading: Ezekiel Chapters 40-42

And the man said to me, "Son of man, look with your eyes and hear with your ears, and fix your mind on everything I show you; for you were brought here so that I might show them to you. Declare to the house of Israel everything you see." (Ezek 40:4)

About 573 B.C., prophet Ezekiel was given a vision of the city of Jerusalem and the millennial temple. In the fourteenth year after Jerusalem was captured, Ezekiel was taken up and set on a very high mountain. He was shown a vision of the city of Jerusalem and the millennial temple by a man whose appearance was like bronze. The prophet was commanded to fix his mind on everything he saw and to declare it to the house of Israel (v. 4).

According to some Bible scholars, Ezekiel’s temple will be the final temple to be constructed. The new temple will include the traditional outer court (40:5–27), the inner court (40:28–47), the main building (40:48–41:26), adjacent buildings (42:1–14), outer walls (42:15–20), and the altar (43:13–27). The fact that Ezekiel would spend so much space describing the temple indicates its importance. Some interpret this prophecy as an exact blueprint of a physical temple to be constructed in or near Jerusalem during a future millennial (thousand-year) period. Others see this prophecy not as a blueprint, but as a vision that stresses the purity and spiritual vitality of the ideal place of worship and of those who will worship there.

To us, the New Testament believers, this vision speaks to us about the importance of God-centered worship. Bible scholar Warren Wiersbe has compiled four factors that should constitute our true worship from the book ‘The Best of Tozer’:
  1. There should be boundless confidence in the God we worship. Our concept of God should be clear as we approach His throne of grace.
  2. There should be a genuine appreciation of the excellency of God. We should see His greatness as we worship Him.
  3. There should be a sincere fascination of the beauty of God. When we try to comprehend the splendor of God, we will be struck with astonished wonder.
  4. Finally, there should be true adoration in the God we worship. We will pour out our love and adoration as true praises of God rises up from our hearts.
Let us worship God only in the proper way that He desires from us! "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4:23-24)

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